MSCI Inc Valuation – January 2019 $MSCI

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): MSCI Inc. (MSCI), incorporated on July 2, 1998, offers products and services to support the needs of institutional investors throughout their investment processes. The Company’s segments include Index, Analytics and All Other segment. All Other segment comprises environmental, social and governance (ESG) and Real Estate segments. The Company’s products and services include the development and production of indexes and analytical models; the provision of ratings and analysis that identify environmental, social and governance risks and opportunities and the analysis of real estate in both privately and publicly owned portfolios.


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ModernGraham Valuation of MSCI – January 2019

Stage 1: Is this company suitable for the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor?

What kind of Intelligent Investor are you?

Defensive Investor; must pass 6 out of the following 7 tests.
1. Adequate Size of the Enterprise Market Cap > $2Bil $13,531,533,038 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 2.75 Pass
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Pass
4. Dividend Record Dividend Payments for 10 years prior Fail
5. Earnings Growth Increase of 33% in EPS in past 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end 267.88% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 43.23 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 37.11 Fail
Enterprising Investor; must pass 4 out of the following 5 tests, or be suitable for the Defensive Investor.
1. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 1.5 2.75 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 2.18 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Pass
4. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Pass
5. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Pass


Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $3.56
MG Growth Estimate 14.05%
MG Value $130.10
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade C-
MG Value based on 3% Growth $51.55
MG Value based on 0% Growth $30.22
Market Implied Growth Rate 17.37%
Current Price $153.71
% of Intrinsic Value 118.15%

Msci Inc is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the poor dividend history, and the high PEmg and PB ratios. The Enterprising Investor is only concerned with the level of debt relative to the net current assets. As a result, all Enterprising Investors following the ModernGraham approach should feel comfortable proceeding with the analysis.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be Overvalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $1.84 in 2014 to an estimated $3.56 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 17.37% annual earnings growth over the next 7-10 years. As a result, the ModernGraham valuation model, based on the Benjamin Graham value investing formula, returns an estimate of intrinsic value below the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Msci Inc revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $22.6. The company pays a dividend of $1.32 per share, for a yield of 0.9% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 43.23, which was above the industry average of 18. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-17.19.

Msci Inc receives an average overall rating in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a C-.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$17.19
Graham Number $22.60
PEmg 43.23
Current Ratio 2.75
PB Ratio 37.11
Current Dividend $1.32
Dividend Yield 0.86%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 4

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 9/1/2018
Total Current Assets $1,857,346,000
Total Current Liabilities $675,050,000
Long-Term Debt $2,574,616,000
Total Assets $3,806,405,000
Intangible Assets $1,834,447,000
Total Liabilities $3,427,964,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 91,372,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $5.10
Dec2017 $3.31
Dec2016 $2.70
Dec2015 $2.03
Dec2014 $2.43
Dec2013 $1.83
Dec2012 $1.48
Dec2011 $1.41
Nov2010 $0.81
Nov2009 $0.80
Nov2008 $0.67
Nov2007 $0.96
Nov2006 $0.85
Nov2005 $0.65
Nov2004 $0.37
Nov2003 $0.40

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.56
Dec2017 $2.68
Dec2016 $2.27
Dec2015 $1.98
Dec2014 $1.84
Dec2013 $1.45
Dec2012 $1.18
Dec2011 $1.00
Nov2010 $0.80
Nov2009 $0.79
Nov2008 $0.76
Nov2007 $0.75
Nov2006 $0.58
Nov2005 $0.40
Nov2004 $0.23
Nov2003 $0.13

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